The Wesley College Nursing program is celebrating 50 years since the first class began preparing for the profession referred to as a “calling.”

In 1967, the first class of nursing students enrolled at Wesley and completed the associate’s degree in 1969.

The associate’s degree was the first option available in Delaware. The offerings grew over the years to include a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and registered nurse to Master of Science in nursing bridge program and various certificate programs.

The program upgraded to a newly renovated 36,000 square-foot facility in 2014, located one mile from the main campus.

The nursing program offers clinical experience in the first year. This advantage of clinical rotations early in their college career is that students have the ability to experience the profession up close, helping them confirm that nursing is the right fit. In addition, the program offers an honor society component, community service projects, mission trips abroad, individualized senior practicum to enhance clinical synthesis and small clinical learning groups.

The 18-month celebration will include a lecture series, anniversary and reunion events.

For more, email robert.contino@wesley.edu or call 736-2482.